Google Doodle Remembers the Life of Civil Rights Pioneer Yuri Kochiyama

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Kochiyama is being honored with a Google Doodle to mark what would have been her 95th birthday. Anyone who conducts a search on Google today will see her image across the top of the page.

It’s great to see such a simple gesture can generate interest about a late pioneer who has gotten very little ink in our history books.

Kochiyama’s life was greatly influenced by her experience in the World War II incarceration camps. Her father was arrested as a threat to national security the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Already in poor health, he was denied medical care while in prison and died January 21, 1942, the day after his release from prison.


Kochiyama was incarcerated in Jerome, Arkansas. It was there she met her future husband, Bill Kochiyama, who fought for the United States during World War II.

The couple would eventually move to Harlem where they would join the Harlem Parents Committee and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

She would eventually meet Malcolm X and form a close bond with him.

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